The Audiobook Tag

I saw this awesome tag on Kristin Kraves Books page. I’ve really gotten into listening to audiobooks in the last couple of years, so I thought this would be the perfect tag to do.

Please feel free to do it as well! I’d love to see your answers!


I definitely have not always listened to audiobooks. I was very against them personally for the longest time, as I just knew that there was no way that I would be able to really focus on what I was listening to. I thought that I would have a hard time really taking in the story without actually reading the words.. Well I was wrong. I finally decided to give audiobooks a shot about two years ago and I haven’t looked back since. It’s such a unique reading experience that I really appreciate. I also feel like some books actually translate better via audio as well, such as Daisy Jones & The Six or Sadie.


I honestly couldn’t really decide which audiobook I loved more. They are both so different from one another, while also just amazing. I really appreciated the cast for Sadie and how this story seamlessly flowed as via audio. While I love that the actual author narrates The Night Tiger.


I tend to listen to my audiobooks while I’m working or driving, which means that I occasionally don’t always fully focus on the story and end up missing parts of the story. And for me personally, I have a harder time listening to a fantasy story than I do with historical fiction of contemporary, as it requires more focus to fully be able to grasp the world and story.


This is a hard question to answer, but I think that audiobooks can sometimes really bring a story to life by giving it that cinematic element with the narration, such as the full cast version of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. There are also some books that I think just translate better as audiobooks. I also think audio versions can help some of those slower paced novels that we struggle through.


Like I mentioned earlier, I tend to listen to audiobooks while I’m at work or when I’m driving. I like to switch them up with the podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis. (Feel free to ask me for some podcast recommendations as well!) I use Audible as well for my books. I appreciate their return policy sooo much.


I actually tend to gravitate towards historical fiction with my audiobooks and then just sprinkle in some contemporary and fantasy. I’ve recently gotten into science fiction as well, which I used to always just want to physically read. I’m surprised that I enjoy listening to it just as much as reading it.


I don’t have any specific narrator recommendations but I’ll definitely give you some audiobook recommendations listed below!

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye
  • Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld – Side Note: This trilogy is narrated by actor Alan Cumming and he does an amazing job!)
  • This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Side Note: I highly recommend the full cast version!

Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks? What are your favorite audiobooks? Do you prefer to listen to a certain genre?

If You Liked That…Read This: Historical Fiction Edition

I am a sucker for a good historical fiction. I’m a bit of a history buff and so when I can get my hands on a book that can transport me fully into a different time and place, I’m a happy little clam. I know it’s not a genre for everyone, but hopefully you’ll give at least one of my recommendations a shot!

If You Liked The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah… Read Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth

Both stories featured star-crossed lovers set amidst the backdrop of WWII, with The Nightingale being located in France and Stars Over Clear Lake is set in Iowa. I would put Hannah’s novel more in the literary historical fiction category, as it has won many awards. But what I really enjoyed about Stars was how it incorporated the local ballroom and big bands into the overall plot. I really feel like this is an underrated gem of a story.

If You Liked Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys… Read The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

These two books focus on stories and eras that are fairly unique to the genre. I loved that they dive into fairly important issues, though completely different from one another. Both follow women that are sit fairly outside of the normal realms of society, one being involved in the 20’s New York mafia and the other growing up within a 50’s New Orleans brothel. I feel like The Paragon Hotel really takes some of the darker themes of Out of the Easy and dives deeper into them. It’s not a happy story, but so important in today’s world. Please be aware – The Paragon Hotel includes adult content.

If You Liked Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell… Read Roses by Leila Meacham

If you’re a regular to my blog, then you might be a little tired of me constantly mentioning Roses. But it is so worth it! It has such a sweeping romance story with a focus on family history and relationships, just like Gone with the Wind. I will say that it does go back and forth between early 1900’s Texas to the Present, spanning three generations. It’s such a great story and there is even a prequel, Summerset, that you can dive into afterwards as well.

What are some historical fiction novels that you would recommend? Have you read any of my recommendations? If so, what did you think about them?

WWW Wednesday – June 26th, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand – physical book
  • Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown – audiobook
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – physical book

I’m doing a reread via audiobook of the entire Red Rising series before the next book is released at the end of July. I forgot how amazing this story is and starting Darrow’s journey again from the beginning has been amazing. He’s such an interesting character, whether you like him or not.

I’m still slowing moving my way through Winterspell. It’s a heavy book and the world-building is taking me a little longer to fully grasp, but I’m really enjoying the story. I hope to finish this within the next few days.

I haven’t read much of Middlemarch this past week, as I’m just picking it up when I feel like it. I enjoy taking my time with such a long classic read. I think this one will take me all summer to work my way through.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – audiobook
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – physical book, REVIEW

All I want to say is that I really enjoyed both of these stories. They’re extremely different but I had such a strong connection to both of them. I cannot recommend them enough!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – physical book
  • Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – physical book
  • The Savior’s Champion (The Savior’s Series, #1) by Jenna Moreci – physical book

Iron Tome-A-Thon begins on the 1st, so my focus for July is going to be adult fantasy. I cannot wait!

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

I always enjoy a good book tag, even though I don’t do them as often as I’d like to. And I’ve been seeing this one floating around and it just looked fun as hell! Something about the seven deadly sins has always intrigued me. I really feel like someone needs to write a book involving it somehow… Can you imagine a world-building revolving around them? Someone go write this book immediately.

Also, please feel free to participate as well if you’re interested!

WRATH – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I think I’m going to have to go with J.K. Rowling. She goes and creates one of the most beloved book series in history… then continuously takes away from the original magic she created by basically rewriting some of it via Twitter. Like I don’t need an author to try and back-peddle and be like, “well I know I never said so-and-so (nor implied) but I’m saying it now 20 years later to seem more hip”. Either write some more books or just shut up, please.

GLUTTONY – What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Let me go ahead and say that I am not a re-reader. The only time I really reread a book is if it’s part of a series and I need to refresh before the next release comes out. So I have reread Harry Potter probably 8 times, since I always reread the series before the next book came out. However, I’m going to go with Pride and Prejudice this time. I’ve reread that book multiple times over the years and I will probably continue to do so for the rest of my life. It’s the classic love story and I will never get enough of it.

SLOTH – What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

I don’t really neglected a book due to laziness, as my problem revolves around being such a mood reader. However, I will say the closest one is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It’s such a long book and also literary historical fiction, so I’m just waiting for the right time to focus all of my energy on it. But it is on my list for must-reads this year!

PRIDE – What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I don’t think I’ve ever really done this? But I do feel a sense of accomplishment knowing I read Gone with the Wind, Atlas Shrugged, The Count of Monte Cristo, and War and Peace in grade school. Something about pushing myself through such long and challenging books at such a young age makes me proud of myself. Also, a little ashamed because I rarely challenge myself like that anymore. Hahaha!

LUST – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

I’m a simple girl, just give me witty and sarcastic characters. Also, dark and brooding, maybe a bit of an asshole. You know, I tend to gravitate towards those typical stereotypes. My favorite characters have to have some kind of personality… And if they’re anything like the freaking awful character of Mal from the Grisha Trilogy, I will immediately hate them. Thank you and goodnight.

ENVY – What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Hmmm.. this one is kind of difficult. I really want to get back into Rick Riordan’s books, so I would love the boxed set of The Heroes of Olympus, to go along with my boxed set of Percy Jackson. I really want to do a reread of those soon and then finish the sequel series. I think I might be too far behind to move on to his other series at this point, but I’ll be happy with just those two.

What are some of your answers to these questions? How do you feel about J.K. Rowling now? Do you agree/disagree with my answers?

Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns

Margaret Rogerson has truly solidified her spot on my favorite authors list with her sophomore release, Sorcery of Thorns. I thought I loved An Enchantments of Ravens, but it was nothing like my experience with this book.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

First off, let me just say how happy it makes me when a book revolves around the love of books. Like I immediately connect so well with the story and characters when they share that same joy with me. With that being said, when I first found out this book is based around a library and books that are basically living creatures, I knew that I was going to love it. And I was right.

I think Rogerson, once again, has created such an interesting world. It was really interesting in how the magic system works in this world, with magic being controlled by the sorcerer’s and their connection with demonic beings. I loved how she was able to add some darker elements like that to the story… Gimme all the darkness! The world was so interesting but we only got to see and learn about this one small area, which I would’ve preferred a bit more about some of the other countries that they mention going to war with multiple times. I like to think that that means there’s room to explore more in this world in other books (even though Rogerson states this is only a standalone).

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I just love Elizabeth as a character. She isn’t perfect and more than a little bit awkward, due to having grown up in the library with no social interaction really besides fellow librarians. Also, her relationship with books in general is a MOOD. The only difference is that her books can respond to her, while mine are still just inanimate objects. Dammit. But even though I love Elizabeth, Thorn is my baby. He has the best dry/sarcastic personality, constantly throwing out these witty one liners. I live for characters like that and he just gave me exactly what I love in my fictional boyfriends. And last but not least is Silas, the mysterious servant. Silas is actually the glue that keeps all of our characters together. He’s very quiet and polite, but with an edge.

You can really see the growth of her writing in Rogerson’s sophomore novel. I thought the overall plot was much more engaging from start to finish than An Enchantment of Ravens. I never felt like the plot was too rushed or too slow, but moved at a steady pace throughout the story. I appreciated the length of the novel, as it allowed us to really immerse ourselves in the world and gave us enough time to really get to know the characters. The ending was really well done as well. It gave me just enough to leave me satisfied but also wanting more. Not really sure if that makes sense or not, but there it is.. Just know that you really need to read this book, especially if you weren’t completely satisfied with An Enchantment of Ravens.

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars

Have you read Sorcery of Thorns? Did you enjoy it more than An Enchantment of Ravens? Are you as obsessed with Thorn as I am?

WWW Wednesday – June 12th, 2019

elcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham – audiobook
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – physical book
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – physical book
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – audiobook

I’m going to be taking my time with Middlemarch and so I’m only like 60 pages into the book so far. It’s been very engaging, even though not much has happened yet. I’m really enjoying all of the characters.

After loving An Enchantment of Ravens, I pretty much knew that Rogerson would be an author that I’m going to love anything she writes. Well, being about 100 pages into Sorcery of Thorns, I can already tell that this will completely the case. This book is so exciting and I’m loving the dynamic between the characters. Also, SO MUCH SARCASM. Yes, Thorn is awesome.

I haven’t listened to much of Dreamland Burning this week, due to the heavy content putting me in a bad head space at the moment. I do plan to finish the story, but I just needed to take a little bit of a break.

Which has lead me to starting Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. I’m only a couple of chapters into this book so far, but I’m still enjoying it. This definitely seems like the lighthearted read that I needed and I can’t wait to continue with the story.

What did you recently finish reading?


  • Freeks by Amanda Hocking – physical book

This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It was definitely the most average story that I’ve read. It wasn’t the worst book that I’ve ever read, I just feel that there was so much more room for Hocking to expand on the supernatural side of the story. I think the world-building was just really lacking.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes – audiobook
  • Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno – physical book
  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand – physical book
  • The Gallery by Laura Marx-Fitzgerald – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

My June TBR

I really plan to dive into my reading this month so I’ve gone with a bit of an ambitious TBR… I’ve totally got this. HA!

June TBR


  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl – physical book
  • The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough – physical book
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – physical book, currently reading
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – physical book
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – audiobook, currently reading
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad – audiobook
  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham – audiobook, currently reading
  • Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno – physical book
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – physical book, currently reading
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes – audiobook
  • The Gallery by Laura Marx-Fitzgerald – physical book
  • The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson – physical book

What do you plan to read during June? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think about them?

The Iron Tome-A-Thon: Announcement & TBR

So I haven’t done a read-a-thon in probably over a year at this point. I usually participate in Tome Topple but I’ve missed the last two events due to being busy or on vacation during those times. Which is why I was just super excited when I saw a brand new read-a-thon being hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks, based around Game of Thrones and focuses on reading adult fantasy novels… I mean, how freaking cool is that?! Also, I can always appreciate fairly chill reading challenges where I don’t feel super pressured.


  • Dates: July 1st through July 31st
  • Participation Rules:
    • must post an announcement/TBR post somewhere online (Twitter, Instagram, blog, etc.)
    • must link back to the original announcement post on Aimal’s blog
  • Points System and Prompts:
    • The number of pages per book will equal the amount of points you receive for completing it. Example: 330 page book will equal 330 points.
      • All graphic novels will equal 100 points each.
    • Participation in the @IronTomeAThon Twitter chat on July 28th will automatically receive 300 points.
  • Prizes: Two winners will receive a book of their choice worth less than $20 from Book Depository. There are two separate chances to win – one for just filling out the participation form and another for completing the most points winner form. Winners will be announced at the end of the first week in August to provide time to complete wrap-up posts.
  • House Options: Each participant may choose one of five Houses to represent and earn points for during the read-a-thon. One House will be announced the winner of the Iron Throne at the end of the challenge.
    • House Stark
    • House Targaryen
    • House Lannister
    • House Martell
    • House Baratheon

Reading Prompts

Please note that all reading prompts are only meant for fun and participation in them is not required for the read-a-thon. You can still win the prizes and collect points without doing a single prompt!

Castle Black

Castle Black is the main stronghold of the Night’s Watch, seat to their Lord Commander, and sits at the center of the Wall. The Night’s Watch is a military order tasked with protecting the Seven Realms from what lies beyond the Wall: old, evil supernatural forces and invading armies. The Night’s Watch’s men give up all titles, lands, honors and previous families when they join the order; their only brothers are each other, and they must rely on their own order to protect the realms of men.

You must read the group book, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.


Winterfell is the ancestral castle and home to one of the Great Houses of Westeros: House Stark. Built by Brandon the Builder with the help of giants after the Long Night, Winterfell is considered the capitol of the North and sits atop hot springs to keep it warm from the oft-brutal winters.

You must read a book set (partially or fully) in a cold environment.

King’s Landing

King’s Landing is the capitol of Westeros, located on its east coast. Built by Aegon the Conqueror 300 years prior to the events of A Song of Ice & Fire, King’s Landing is the home of the Iron Throne and the Red Keep. It is a study of contrasts: where kings and queens leisure in the castle walls, the city’s poor starve and die in the streets below. Home to the High Septon and the dragon pit, King’s Landing is wondrous and terrible at the same time.

You must read a book about or involving royalty, politics or government.


Sunspear is the capitol of the South, and is the seat of another of the Great Houses of Westeros: House Martell. During Aegon’s conquest, Princess Meria Martell defied the Targeryan invasion and House Martell became the only House to resist Targeryan conquest. Due to immigration from the Rhoynar, the Dornish peoples differ culturally and ethnically from the rest of Westeros.

You must read a fantasy book inspired by a non-Western setting, or read a book by an author of color or an indigenous author.


Old Town is one of the oldest cities in Westeros, said to be constructed by the First Men. It is home to the Citadel – a place where people all over the world come to train to be maesters: an order of healers, scholars, scientists and messengers. Oldtown is also home to the Starry Sept, which is historically the seat of the High Septon.

You must read a book about or involving an institution of knowledge or training.


Valyria, also called Old Valyria, is a ruined city in Essos. Once home to the dragonlords, Valyaria is a long-dead city that was the capital of the Valyrian Freehold. Valyria was the center to much innovation, both good and evil – the dragonlords practiced magic that led to the development of wonders such as dragonglass and Valyrian steel, but also to abominations such as half-beast, half-human chimera borne of blood magic. It is the ancestral home of House Targaryan.

You must read a book about or involving dragons.


Asshai is a mysterious port city located at the southernmost edge of the Shadow Lands. The buildings and streets are constructed of black, oily stone that absorb all light and make the city look dark and dreary. Despite its appearance, Asshai is a popular destination for trading ships, trading in goods such as dragonglass, gemstones, gold and amber. There are no children in Asshai and the people wear veils and masks. Bloodmagic, necromancy and all such depravities are practiced openly in Asshai – no practice is forbidden.

You must read a dark/grimdark fantasy or read an urban fantasy.

My House Targaryen TBR

  • City of Lies (Poison Wars, #1) by Sam Hawk – King’s Landing
  • The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – Castle Black, Sunspear
  • Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence – Oldtown
  • The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden – Winterfell
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Valyria
  • Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicholas Eames – Asshai
  • Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Savior’s Champion (The Savior’s Series, #1) by Jenna Moreci

Will you be participating in Iron Tome-A-Thon? If so, which House will you represent? Do you enjoy reading adult fiction? What are some of your favorite adult fantasy novels?

May Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

Yes another month has come and gone extremely fast. I had a bit of a busy time during May, while also going through a bit of a blogging slump. I just have been reading a lot slower lately, as well as lacking in great blog post ideas (not to mention my constant lack of motivation to write any reviews). However, I really hope June will be a good month to try and revive that creative flow and motivation. I plan to watch a lot of booktube and do some blog hopping, as well as some personal weekend read-a-thons. Let’s get to reading this summer, y’all!

Books Read

  • Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1) by Jay Kristoff – physical book, 4/5 stars
  • The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye – audiobook, 5/5 stars
  • Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by Robin LaFevers – audiobook, 3/5 stars
  • Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee – physical book, 5/5 stars
  • Finale (Caraval, #3) by Stephanie Garber – physical book, 4/5 stars

Total Books Read: 5

Overall in 2019: 39

Reading Challenge Updates


  • A book about a family – Jade City

Goodreads Challenge

Total: 39/75

Previous Total: 34/75

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday


Did you get a lot of reading done in May? Were you able to read all of the books on your TBR? Did you read any new favorites? What book did you like the least? What do you plan on reading in June?


WWW Wednesday – June 5th, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham – audiobook
  • Freeks by Amanda Hocking – physical book
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – physical book

I should be finishing Dreamland Burning today and I’m both nervous and excited to see how it’s going to end. I just know it’s going to be a seriously bittersweet ending. I even have a box of tissues at my desk for it.

I haven’t read much of Freeks this past week, but I do plan on making some progress tonight. I hope to finish it by this weekend so I can move on to something else that might grab my attention more.

I decided to go ahead and start on Middlemarch, as it’s such a long book and I plan to take my time with it. I’m about 60 pages into the story and while not a lot has happened, I find myself really engrossed in the story. It’s been so long since I’ve read a classic, I’m really excited about it!

What did you recently finish reading?

Nothing at all. It’s been a slow reading week for me.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand – physical book
  • Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno – physical book
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!